The time has now come for CONE to come out from the shadows and leave behind the trolls and other exotic creatures lurking in the twilight zone.
With the new CD album "Out of Mind" CONE is now heading towards the sun. Don't forget to wear your sun glasses guys! ;-)
The story behind CONE told by Holraven:
......Once upon a time, as the story goes; and quite fitting, as our tale starts in the deep, dark woods of Telemark, Norway: Back in 1998, three enthusiastic youngsters from Flatdal formed a rock band. Ivar Barstad (Holraven), Eystein Haugen and Eivind Aase took on the name EYE and had their first rehearsals in December the same year. Two months later, the band joined UKM (Ungdommens Kulturmønstring, a Norwegian national performance & arts contest for people below the age of 19), and won both the town finals in Seljord as well as the county finals.
The quick success inspired the youngsters to record their first demo CD. Being students, it had to be low budget. This led them to renting a digital 8-track, and doing their first demo by themselves in Musikkhuset (simply "the Music House) in Flatdal. The first day went by just to understand the recording process and how the 8-track worked, and only one song was recorded. Nevertheless, 11 tracks were recorded in the following four days and the result was (at the time ;) ) very satisfying. The total tracknumber was to be thirteen, CD's and covers were manufactured on their home computers and launched for sale to friends and family. A Moment in Time saw the light of day! The income from this very first CD project covered both production costs, in addition to a (borrowed) loudspeaker which had bust (?) during rehearsals.
Tracklist A Moment in Time (ORCD001/1999) 01: Zak McCracken (and the Alien Mindbenders) 02: Feedback Baby 03: Dry 04: 3 Minutes 05: Go 06: Lies 07: Dead Silence 08: Go? 09: Of 10: Inside the Mind 11: Drain 12: Not My Sole Affection 13: Splash
After this first minor peak of success came the first downtrip. There was less time for rehearsals, and Eystein was called in for military service. In the summer of 2000, EYE was put on ice. This same summer Holraven started his own Offchart Studios, and by coincident his first studio customer brought along a promising young guitarist, Ole Petter Lindvik. He had just moved to Flatdal from Tønsberg, and had no connections to EYE. However, chemistry proved right, and Holraven and Eivind invited him to join the remnants of the band.
The next turning point in the band's history, was when Ole and Eivind had recorded a tune by themselves, entitled Groove Factory. This recording was a proper kick in the right place to get things moving, and sessions for a new demo CD started at Offchart Studios. Metagruzzunk was recorded and launched by April 2001, and the new bandname was Cone.
Metagruzzunk was a strange mix of many different styles of music: Folk music, progressive rock, funk and alternative rock. Amongst the tracks are Ham&Herring (a furher development of Groove Factory), Dry and Dead Silence, the latter two new recordings of songs off A Moment in Time.
Tracklist Metagruzzunk: Metal-Grunge-Jazz-Funk (ORCD003/2001) 01: Proper Life 02: Dry 03: Ham&Herring 04: Misunderstood 05: Fables 06: The Child pt. 1: The Past 07: The Child pt. 2: The Current 08: The Child pt. 3: The Grief 09: The Child pt. 4: The Future 10: Dead Silence 11: Jimmy Salsadip 12: Old Man 13: Drowing in You
Once again the music was only sold locally to friends and family. The huge spread in different styles of music and the fact that Metagruzzunk was virtually impossible to recreate live by three bandmembers alone, led to another downperiod in Cone's career.
At this time, a new band was formed, consisting of the same three band members and five backing girls (the Chicken Quintet). Blaakonglane (Blue Cones) started playing cover tunes from the 60's and 70's, mainly Rock'n'Roll and Soul. As the band gained reputation and more jobs (and money), more equipment was aquired, and so furher enhanced the performance. 2001 also saw the welcome return of Eystein, who resumed playing not only in Cone, but also in Blaakonglane. Two guitars is thrice as good as one! ;)
In early 2002 it was set for new Cone recordings. This time the music was more uniformed, and most importantly arranged with live performance in mind. The basis of all tracks was tried out before they were put to tape, and made the entire feel more complete. Out of Mind was chiefly finished by April '02, but it took over a year to finish the mix and cover artwork. In the meantime a music video for End of Days was shot at an abandoned, local hotel-in-the-making, and the band members continued playing live with Blaakonglane. But in June 2003, everything was in the clear, and the enhanced CD Out of Mind was available for purchase. The CD includes the video End of Days, as well as twelve tracks; three of these re-recorded tracks off Metagruzzunk and one additional track from A Moment in Time.
Tracklist Out of Mind (ORCD007/2003) 01: Can't Have It 02: Dry 03: No Escape 04: Too Far 05: End of Days 06: Hush 07: Dead Silence 08: Five Seconds 09: Right is Wrong 10: No Choice 11: Buying Time 12: Drowning in You BONUS: End of Days (Video)
The story of Cone carries on, and the band is set to record a new CD in August 2003. New songs indicate a slightly rougher approach, but with the same focus on melody and arrangement. Stay tuned, and watch http://www.coneband.com for news!
Cone's present line-up: Holraven: Vocals/Bass Ole Lindvik: Guitar Eystein Haugen: Guitar Eivind Aase: Drums
Regards, -elvix- ...the #1 CONE-fan and promoter.
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